New Total Foodservice MD promises growth hike

YORKSHIRE-based Total Foodservice’s newly-appointed MD Simon Howarth has started his tenure by stating the company is “gearing up for growth”.

Howarth has taken the helm at family-owned Total Foodservice, which supplies artisan goods to the  North of England, after previous incumbent David Pratt retired.

Howarth said: “The heritage of our business is a source of great pride. To become the fourth member of my family to lead the business has been a lifelong goal and I’m looking forward to the challenges this will bring.”

His great-grandfather George Henry Howarth set up the business a century ago as a fruit preserver distributing to retail outlets in the Huddersfield area. The business was then run by his son George Henry Jr before Richard Howarth, Simon’s father, took over the firm in the 1960s. Richard Howarth, who is still a board member, helped to train his son for the role along with Mr Pratt. In 2002, the company, which was known as Howarth Foodservice, merged with Lawsons of Clitheroe, and began trading under its current name.

The Huddersfield-based business now employs 110 people and has an annual turnover of £15m.

 “We supply to any business which wants good quality food from care homes to high end restaurants,” said Mr Howarth. He added that Total Foodservice was currently looking for new customers in the Lake District and East Yorkshire.

 Mr Pratt is retiring after 40 years in the foodservice industry, 22 of them at Total.

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